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UNC Charlotte Alumni Association recognizes seven at awards banquet

October 31, 2003
UNC Charlotte Alumni Association recognizes seven at awards banquet
Former athletic director and men’s basketball coach Mullins named Alumnus by Choice

aw_green CHARLOTTE –  Earlier this month, several hundred alumni, faculty, staff and friends of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte gathered to celebrate the recipients of this year’s annual alumni awards presented by the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association.

The Saturday, Oct. 18, reception was followed by an awards dinner, emceed by alumnus Mike McKay. During the awards ceremony, former men’s head basketball coach and athletics director Jeff Mullins was named Alumnus by Choice. Additionally, the board, for the first time ever, inducted a legacy into the Hall of Fame when it added Misty Cowan Hathcock and her mother Linda Humble, along with the late Russell Lee Kologiski, to its ranks.

Also honored were Mary Ann Rouse, who was honored as Distinguished Alumna, and Arthur Wylie was tapped as Outstanding Young Alumnus. Richard H. Toenjes, UNC Charlotte’s faculty president and an associate professor of philosophy, was recognized for Faculty Service.

More detailed bios of the award winners are listed below. For more information, contact the UNC Charlotte Office of Alumni Affairs at (704) 687-2273.

2003 Alumni Award Winners:

Mary Ann Rouse
2003 Distinguished Alumna

A 1980 graduate from the Belk College of Business Administration, Mary Ann Rouse has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to her alma mater by selflessly giving both her time and talent as president of the Alumni Association and through numerous other leadership roles. As vice president for finance at Carolinas Healthcare System, Rouse has put her education into action and modeled the values instilled by her family and UNC Charlotte. For the stature she has attained in her profession, her participation in the life of her community, and for her loyal service to her alma mater, the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association presented to Mary Ann its Distinguished Alumna Award.

Jeffrey V. Mullins
2003 Alumnus by Choice

In his 11 years with UNC Charlotte as the men’s head basketball coach and director of athletics, Jeff Mullins distinguished both the university and himself. While his basketball record alone makes him a worthy nominee, his leadership and positive attitude in building a great team makes him a natural choice for this award. Mullins said he came to UNC Charlotte following an outstanding career with Duke and the NBA because he believed it to be “one of the best jobs in the country.” He viewed the university’s work – his work – as more than graduating students with a four-year degree. He saw it as preparing them for a lifetime. For his inspiration and dedication, Jeff Mullins is this year’s Alumnus by Choice.

Arthur Wylie
2003 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

In a time when most graduates are eager to find a job after completing their undergraduate education, Arthur Wylie sought opportunities to create his own niche in the financial services field. While attending classes and working part time, he laid the foundation for his company, Arthur Wylie Financial Service. Today, the company manages more than $35 million in investments, insurance and real estate, and prides itself on its clients’ success. This 1999 College of Business Administration graduate offers his financial acumen both to his alma mater and community. Wylie conducts workshops for churches, community groups, and professional organizations and is a frequent university speaker to student groups. A successful businessman and who gives back to his community, Arthur Wylie is the Outstanding Young Alumnus.

Richard H. Toenjes
2003 Faculty Service Award

Serving as faculty president is just one of the many hats that Dick Toenjes wears. He is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, which he served for many years as chair. A specialist in business ethics, Toenjes is a faculty associate in the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. He chaired the task force on academic integrity that published the “Code of Student Academic Integrity,” a model that is used by other UNC institutions. Perhaps his greatest achievement at UNC Charlotte is designing the respected and successful annual Barnhardt seminar, “Ethics and the World of Business,” named in memory of William H. Barnhardt whose family underwrites the seminar. For ensuring that ethics is at the core of the university and for his leadership roles, Dick Toenjes is honored with the Faculty Service Award.

Misty Cowan Hathcock, Linda L. Humble and Russell Lee Kologiski (posthumously)
2003 Hall of Fame

Misty Hathcock has earned an impressive four degrees from UNC Charlotte: ’85 B.A. in intermediate education, ’91 M.Ed., ’92 M.A. in educational administration and ’96 C.A.S. Certificate of Advancement in educational administration. Not only that, she will receive her fifth, a doctorate in education, in May 2004. However, Hathcock didn’t consider entering a classroom on another campus, so impressed is she with the caliber and prestige of an education at UNC Charlotte. Hathcock not only is an alumna, she is an employee, serving as director of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program in the College of Education. She has served, and continues to serve her university in spades: as past-president of the Alumni Board of Governors, ex-officio member of the Athletic Foundation Board, member of the UNC Charlotte Foundation Board and board of the Endowment Fund, among many others. In 1999 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Department of Educational Administration.

Although her daughter, Misty Hathcock, has her outnumbered in the area of degrees, Linda Humble’s blood runs no less green and is no less distinguished in the field of education. Humble ’78 M.Ed., ’88 C.A.S. was Central Teacher of the Year and runner-up to State Teacher of the Year in 1982. In 1990 she was selected as Anson County Principal of the Year and UNC Charlotte’s Department of Educational Administration Distinguished Alumna. Humble serves her alma mater on the Alumni Association Board of Governors and volunteers extensively within the community and at her church. Certainly one of her biggest contributions to UNC Charlotte was introducing her daughter to the university. Due to their parallel careers in educating the students of North Carolina and the devotion they have shown their alma mater, the Board of Governors of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association has voted to tap Humble and Hathcock as the first Legacy recipients to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Though his career was brief, Rusty Kologiski ’71 made significant contributions to the developing study of natural wetlands. While serving a tour of duty in Vietnam, he developed a strong interest in botany and ecology. He earned a biology degree from UNC Charlotte and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in botany. His doctoral study of the 13,000-acre Green Swamp Preserve in Brunswick County was the first to document its ecological importance. Kologiski was a member of the N.C. Rare and Endangered Plant Species Committee and served as a botanist for the Smithsonian Institution Ecology program. Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a regional botanist, he studied the endangered plant species in New Mexico and grassland vegetation in North Dakota, tirelessly working to enforce the Endangered Species Act. With his natural gifts, Kologiski returned to UNC Charlotte to teach. Friends and faculty set up a permanent memorial, the Russell Kologiski Field Trip Fund, to honor him. For his many contributions to his alma mater and the earth, Rusty Kologiski is being inducted into the Hall of Fame.